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North Carolina Diner Takes Prices Off Its Menu, Asks Customers To Pay What God Wants, And Triples Its Revenue Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 20:20

A diner in North Carolina is putting its faith in a new form of economic self-determination: Pay what God wants.

Dana Parris, owner of the Just Cookin restaurant in Dallas, North Carolina, decided to take the prices off her menus. Instead of having a set number, she asks her customers to pay what they think God would like.

"He just came to me and said I don't need to do it, I need to let him do it," Parris told the Gaston Gazette of Gaston County, North Carolina. "The way I could show I was giving God control was to give him control of the cash register."

The Good Lord has been something of a cash cow for Parris. Revenues tripled in the first week, she says.

Christians & Proud from the Middle-East Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Friday, 03 October 2014 13:30

A message to ISIS -

We are Christians and Proud from the Middle-East here to stay

Le liban que jai aime Print E-mail
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Written by Malek   
Sunday, 28 September 2014 21:34

Le liban que jai aime

Fille de l'ambassadeur d'Italie au Liban

Sheba Morabito, the Ambassador of Italy and Allegra Morabito

Et derrière cette chaleur, ses tensions politiques, ses roquettes, ses maladies, ses virus, sa pollution, son embouteillage omniprésent, ses ouvriers qui te sifflent chaque deux mètres en criant « kifik ya helweh », son langage incompréhensible, sa distance qui sépare un endroit de l'autre, son manque de propreté, sa corruption, ses promesses jamais respectées, sa propagande, sa censure, sa discrimination, ses accidents de voitures, ses lois ignorées, ses odeurs variées, ses chansons qui ne cessent de répéter « habibi » et « hayeteh », sa température qui passe de 10 degrés à 30 degrés d'un jour à l'autre, l'absence d'un président, ses ruines oubliées, je sais que le Liban va me manquer.

Je sais que devant chaque plat de pâtes, je penserai au taboulé et au fattouche, au kebbé et à la man'oucheh, à la labné et au hommos, à la limonade et au jellab, au taouk et au kafta, à la fraîcheur des fruits et des légumes, à l'achta et au kneffeh, aux pistaches et aux noisettes.
Je sais que ses lumières et ses feux d'artifice quotidiens, sa vivacité et sa gaieté, ses night-clubs et ses restaurants me manqueront.
Je sais que les grosses lèvres et les seins qui semblent toucher le sol de certaines Libanaises, le botox excessif et les nez invisibles, retroussés, alimenteront mes moments de tristesse.
Je sais que le mélange de langues dans chaque phrase accompagnée d'un « Hi ! Ça va ? Chou, tu as fait quoi hier, hayeteh ? », les insultes qui occupent 60 % des phrases n'accompagneront plus mes conversations. Et, bizarrement, après quatre ans ici, se convaincre d'arrêter d'utiliser « ya3ne », « enno », « an jad », « walaw », « hayeteh »... chaque deux mots sera un combat pour moi.

CHART OF THE DAY: People Spend Over $9,000 On Alibaba Every Second Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:50

This Map Of US And Russian Arms Sales Says It All Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:35

The Many Faces Of Robin Williams Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:32



Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams died on Monday at age 63.

From the exuberant Genie in "Aladdin," to the iconic Teddy Roosevelt in "Night at the Museum," the many rousing characters he created over his decades-long career will not soon be forgotten.

An Interview with Cheikh Malek el-Khazen - By Matthew Olson Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:52

Posted on July 28, 2014Matthew Olson

Cheikh Malek el-Khazen is heir to the House of Khazen, of the Lebanese nobility. He is also the founder of the Khazen Foundation and He was kind enough to grant me an interview.

Could you tell us a little bit about your family’s history?

The Khazen can trace back their lineage to the 9th century, when they were mainly located in the Levant. They started acquiring lands from the Muslim Shi’a Tribes in Mount Lebanon during the 1400s and mainly focused their exodus in the Keserwan district. This caused the Chi’a to leave Keserwan and migrate to the South of Lebanon and the Maronites, including clergy, to move to the Keserwan district.

The Khazen families, who were now controlling the Kerserwan district, were very influential with the Catholic Maronite Church. Mainly, this is because of their financial support to the Church and also their help in expanding the Church by the construction of many monasteries. They also offered lands and, most importantly, supplied security to the Church and the Maronite community.

The common ancestor of most of the current members from the Khazen family is Sarkis el-Khazen. Sarkis el-Khazen was famous because he translated the Bible to “Karchouni”, which is an Arab dialect written using the Syriac (very close to Aramaic) alphabet. Sarkis el-Khazen died in 1570, leaving two children, Abou-Sakr and Abou-Safi Rabah, to which all the Khazen branches relate. In 1584, the sons of Sarkis el-Khazen were now very influential and powerful and were able to hide the princes Fakhreddine and Youness in a city of Ballouneh (part of Mount Lebanon). The father of the princes at the time was fighting the Ottoman Empire’s occupation. The young princes grew up under the care and safety of our family. In return, the princes’ father granted our head the title of Cheikh and complete political influence and control of Mount Lebanon.

Since then, our family has played leading roles in governing Mount Lebanon. French King Louis XIV elevated the family to the French nobility and referred to us with the title “Prince of the Maronites” in many letters due to the protection we provided to the Catholic Maronites in the region.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, under the guidance of Cheikh Abou Naufal el-Khazen (and, later on, his sons) the next consuls combined administrative responsibilities with the functions of French consul in all of the area of what was known as “great Lebanon”. The Khazen were successful in spreading the message of the Maronites in Lebanon, in return receiving many papal decorations. They played a unique role in supporting the clergy and strengthened the relationship of the Maronites with France.

There were three important and influential Maronite patriarchs from the Khazen family: Youssef Dargham (1733–1742), Toubia (1756–1766), and Youssef Ragi (1845–1854). There were also seven archbishops. In 1858, Tanios Chahine (a peasant) led a rebellion against the Khazen family, with the help of the Ottoman and English who wanted to increase their influence back in Lebanon. (My mother’s great-uncle, by the way, was the patriarch at the time.) This has caused a great loss of my family’s dominance over the Kerserwan district. Many of our lands were taken by his group.

In modern history, though, we have always represented Lebanon (and, more specifically, Keserwan) by one Parliament Member and, in some cases, two. We have also been represented in many recent governments, where we have held the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism. My ancestors, also, were all consuls of France.

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Deal W Hudson: 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer Print E-mail
Written by Malek   
Sunday, 06 July 2014 02:29

By Deal W Hudson, Catholic Online (



WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, they'll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And that's the case with the 12 false claims below. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to know better and to respond in charity.

1.  "There's no such thing as absolute truth. What's true for you may not be true for me."

People use this argument a lot when they disagree with a statement and have no other way to support their idea. After all, if nothing is true for everyone, then they can believe whatever they want and there's nothing you can say to make them change their minds.

But look at that statement again: "There's no such thing as absolute truth." Isn't that, in itself, a statement that's being made absolutely? In other words, it applies some rule or standard to everyone across the board - exactly what the relativists say is impossible. They have undone their own argument simply by stating their case.

The other problem with this statement is that no relativist actually believes it. If someone said to you, "There is no absolute truth," and you punched him in the stomach, he'd probably get upset. But by his own creed, he'd have to accept that while punching someone in the stomach may be wrong for him, it might not be wrong for you.

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